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Latest Developments and New Approach to Emerging-Market Africa in Global Water Business
- Contribution to Water Business from the Perspective of Whole Pyramid Strategy –

Date & TimeJanuary 31, 2014 10:00-17:00
PlaceRoom 606, 6F, Conference Tower, Tokyo Big Sight
Organized by

Japan Desalination Association (JDA)

Co-organized by

International Desalination Association (IDA)

Rotary Club of Tokyo Hiroo

Supported by
(in alphabetical
Association of Liquid Filtration and Purification Industry (LFPI), Association of Membrane Separation Technology, Japan (AMST), Council on Competitiveness-Nippon (COCN), Federation of Japan Water Industries, Inc., Global Water Recycling and Reuse System Association (GWRA), Japan Society on Water Environment (JSWE), Japan Water Forum (JWF), Japan Water Works Association (JWWA), Membrane Society of Japan (MSJ), New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Society of Sea Water Science, Japan (SWSJ), Water Reuse Promotion Center (WRPC), Nippon Suido Shimbun and Suido Sangyo Shinbun (tentative)
Admission Fee<Early Bird> Member: 20,000yen Non Member: 40,000yen
<Regular> Member: 30,000yen Non Member: 50,000yen
Note: Membership is only limited to JDA members.
Early Bird admission fee will only apply by the end of December, 2013.
JDA ReceptionDate: & Time: January 31, 2014 17:30-
Place: Al Porto Tokyo Big Sight, 8F, Conference Tower, Tokyo Big Sight
Admission fee: 7,000yen


PROGRAM (Provisional)

Opening Address

Dr. Takaji Akiya President of JDA
Dr. Corrado Sommariva, former President of IDA and Chairman of Humanitarian Committee

10:10 - 10:30
Special Lecture
Current Status on the Rotary Club of Tokyo Hiroo
Club’s Water Project in Kenya as Humanitarian Aid

Dr. Martin Glatz, President of Rotary Club of Tokyo Hiroo

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Projects focus on important issues like peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development as well as water and sanitation.

While Rotary is big in Japan, the Rotary Club of Tokyo Hiroo is Japan’s only bilingual Rotary Club. Since 2008, the Club has been pursuing a project of providing clean water to drought prone areas of Kenya by sponsoring the digging of wells using the simple, but effective “kazusabori”-method.

Keynote Lecture
Present Activity and Purpose of TICAD

Mr. Shu Nakagawa, Director of Second Africa Division, African Affairs Department, Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Africa has recently achieved the remarkable economic growth against the background of abundant natural resources and rising population. TICAD V (Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development) was held in Yokohama in June 2013 with at least 4500 participants including 39 Heads of State level from African countries. Since Japan launched TICAD I in Tokyo in 1993, TICAD has promoted African development with the philosophy of championing ownership in which Africa pursues, by its own efforts, a developmental directionality that Africa itself desire. TICAD has also called for a strengthening of partnerships with the international community that would lead to the flowering of Africa’s untapped potential. This lecture will cover the outcome of TICAD V and the Japan’s assistance package for Africa and the vision of the Japanese diplomacy toward Africa, in particular measures for supporting Japanese companies to promote business with Africa.

Keynote Lecture
Latest Developments and Information of Global Water Business

Dr. Corrado Sommariva, former President of IDA and Chairman of Humanitarian Committee Managing Director of ILF Consulting Engineers Middle East

Clearly, desalination is a critical component of sustaining life and economy in the Gulf region. Today, desalination has become a solution to water problems well beyond the traditional arid areas of the Middle East and North Africa. With the emergence of desalination as part of mainstream water resource management in many parts of the world, our industry has also paid increasing attention to reducing energy consumption and increasing environmental responsibility in its practice.
Continuing efforts to reduce the energy footprint is one of the most important aspects of desalination technology. In particular, thermal desalination technologies have been traditionally less efficient from the energy footprint point of view than membrane processes, such as seawater reverse osmosis.
A gradual but constant change in perspective and environmental understanding is driving the technology towards more efficient and environmentally friendly options and towards energy optimization. In the industry a strong drive towards the development of more energy efficient and renewable desalination processes has been experienced recently. This has been moved forward by a generally more environmental and energy conscious approach to the power and desalination market in the region. There are a lot of very good innovative concepts in the market from Forward Osmosis to membrane distillation to tri-hybrid applications. Several excellent innovative ideas can challenge established technologies.

11:45 -12:00
Ceremony with Rotary Club of Tokyo Hiroo
12:00-13:00Lunch Break
Water Treatment for Oil and Gas

Director of IDA, former Co-Chair of Humanitarian Committee
Executive Vice President of H2O Innovation

We are all thought very early in life that Oil and Water don’t mix! But later, the ones who pursue careers in the Oil & Gas industry have to learn that Chapter all over again. Water, the way it is currently used in the upstream Oil & Gas extraction, is constantly mixed with Oil. While this is quite an annoyance for the Oil producers, it represents an outstanding opportunity for water treatment companies and scientists. Current environmental regulations and modern oil recovery techniques both contribute to create a new and sizeable market for desalination and reuse technologies which did not exist only a few years back. This presentation will review multiple applications and geographies where water treatment is greatly needed for Oil and Gas production.

Introduction of Water Solution Technology for BOP
Sustainable Water Purification with Carbon and Iron

Prof. Akira Kojima, Gunma National College of Technology

Carbon fibers purify water through four actions: (1) quick improvement in transparency; (2) reduction in the number of free-floating suspended solids; (3) reductions in COD and BOD ; and (4) reductions in total nitrogen.

The carbon and iron material is a water decontaminator that creates a beautiful water environment in rivers and lakes  to control water bloom without any additional burden on the environment.

Water purification technologies using carbon fibers and irons have eight characteristics: (1) utilization of the local production of living organisms for local consumption; (2) slow-paced; (3) fostering the proliferation of animals, plants, insects, fish and other organisms; (4) a dredging technology friendly to ecosystems and nonpolluting to the nature by taking advantage of the actions of living organisms rather than relying on chemicals and heavy machinery; (5) requiring very little operational energy; (6) feasible with minimal maintenance; (7) low-tech; and (8) compatible with developing countries.

Approach of Social Enterprise on Sky Water Harvesting in Bangladesh
-Sustainable Safe Drinking Water Supply for All-

Dr. Makoto Murase, Chairman, Skywater Bangladesh Ltd.

Highly advanced technology, such as reverse osmosis is a solution of drinking water crisis, but it is not affordable in Bangladesh rural areas. They are too expensive to install and maintain these facilities which need a huge amount of energy. On the other hand, sky water is available for all and gift from the heaven, it has been created by natural desalinization systems on the earth. Sky water is a safe water resource which is free from arsenic, salinity and fecal pathogenic microorganisms. It reminds us that our ancestors have been sincerely thankful to heaven for harvesting and drinking sky water. Annual average rainfall in Bangladesh is more than 2000 mm. It means there are great potential on sky water harvesting. Centralized tap water supply systems are suitable in urban areas with high population density, but it is not effective in rural areas. They take too much time and cost for installation and maintenance. Sky water harvesting systems should be encouraged to promote as decentralized drinking water supply systems in rural areas. I would like to make presentation on social enterprise approach on sky water harvesting to supply safe drinking water for all sustainably in Bangladesh.

15:00-15:30Coffee Break
Report from Front Runner on African Development
SWRO IWP in Ghana

Mr. Atsushi Kato, Sojitz Corporation

Sojitz Corp. jointly with Spain’s major water business company, Aengoa Water, will participate in a desalination (SWRO) IWP in Ghana. After WPA with Ghana Water Co., Ltd.(GWCL) became effective, they started construction work in 2012 and are expected to supply 60,000m3/day fresh water from autumn 2014 at Nungua, near Accra, Republic of Ghana. This project is the first desalination IWP project in sub-Saharan Africa. On the other hand Japanese Prime Minister Abe announced at TICAD-V last June that over the next five years, Japan will support African growth through public and private means of US$32 billion which includes US$6.5 billion for infrastructure development.

Solution for wastewater treatment in developing countries (Angola project etc.)

Mr. Kenshi Nishimura, Teijin Limited

In general, wastewater treatment equipment consists of water treatment and sludge treatment which requires skilled operators to keep treated water in good condition. And waste sludge produced through the system is a serious problem. Construction work needs and In developing countries, securing skilled operators and construction material is very difficult and there are a lot of problems in introducing our way of construction which needs massive engineering work and machine installation. We are going to introduce our wastewater treatment package for developing countries based on our biological treatment process, “MSABP”which minimize the production of waste sludge. We will explain Angola project and our future plan.

Decentralized Water Treatment & Supply System - An Application in Kenya -

Mr. Hiroaki Todoriki, Wellthy Corporation

Decentralized water treatment and supply system with membrane technology has been introduced at an increasing pace in Japan, especially in the area of groundwater purification by the private sector. The system is generally called “Groundwater Membrane Filtration System”, and it includes all the components to treat water from water source and supply to the water tap in the same way as public waterworks do. In addition, the purified groundwater (treated water) has quality to meet Japanese drinking water standard, and the treated water is blended with municipal water (from public waterworks) in the storage tank of users. This combined (dual source) water supply system is quite effective in avoiding interruption of drinking water supply in the case of a disaster. For this reason, the groundwater membrane filtration system has been attracting attention of stakeholders as one of the effective countermeasures for disasters. This lecture will introduce some examples of Wellthy’s decentralized water treatment and supply system in Japan and in Kenya, referring to its expected roles and challenges in the future.

Closing Address

Dr. Nobuya Fujiwara, Vice President of JDA, Director of IDA, former Chair of Humanitarian Committee


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